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The Jolly Friar, Westbury, Wiltshire, Chippy Challenge #125   1 comment

Jolly Friar Westbury cod

[The Chippy Challenge: to eat more fish and chips in 2014; see original post for details.]

Fish: cod
Sides: none
Evaluation: Light but flavourful crust, large piece of perfectly cooked fish…on a cold day while sweat rapidly dries 8 miles into a 10 mile run there’s nothing more welcome.
Days since last: (Six Bells, Oxford)

Jolly Friar Westbury
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The Railway Inn, Westbury, Wiltshire   Leave a comment

Railway Inn Westbury sign

 

With 45 minutes to kill before the train (the second time this dilemma struck today) I ducked into the Railway Inn for a pint. Loud and boisterous punters were gathered in clumps in the dark interior but I eventually negotiated the gauntlet to the bar where I found the only candidate for the Daily Tipple to be San Miguel lager (and it didn’t make the cut).

San Miguel Railway Inn Westbury San Miguel tap Railway Inn Westbury

I went to the tables outside and watched some youths yob it up and some folks that appeared to be having an affair come out for a smoke. The bar seems a bit rough-and-ready, but that’s much better than the alternative I expected (see the Three Horseshoes from this morning). Party!

Railway Inn Westbury

The Ludlow Arms, Westbury, Wiltshire   2 comments

Ludlow Arms Westbury sign

The Ludlow Arms has a plain façade and is set off from a larger collection of pubs and on the road out-of-town but on entrance I found five pumps of interesting ales and a cider waiting at the crowded bar. In such a place, you shouldn’t be surprised to find a Happy Slapper to pull and I took mine to a quiet corner to decide on my next couple of miles as the running continued after a rail link.

Happy Slapper and dog Ludlow Arms Westbury

This is truly an awesome house and to find it so crowded and noisy on a weekday afternoon was a joy. Westbury could become a pub crawl without having to travel more than 50 meters between bars, but you should start (and possibly end) at the Ludlow.

Ludlow Arms Westbury

Posted 2014/05/31 by Drunken Bunny in pubs, Run Across Britain

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Westbury to Warminster Birthday Pub Run   10 comments

Slag Lane Westbury

UK/US translation update: I read “Day Drinking” referred to in US blogs and social media entries which, as near as I can tell, is known here as “Drinking” or maybe just “Day.” In both countries, “Running” is most often known as “Why the Fuck are You Doing THAT?”

Find a slag, put the Organ Inn, and you'll have a Happy Slapper

Find a slag, put the Organ Inn, and you’ll have a Happy Slapper

Anyway, every year I do something that I find fun for my birthday.  If nothing else, I plan a long run to visit some new pubs and since I don’t have any imagination that’s what happened again this year.  First Great Western recently reinstated a line from Swindon to Westbury so I chose that station as a start with an arc to Warminster to take in some countryside I’ve never been to before.  Granted, it looks like most of the rest of Wiltshire, but there’s another White Horse on one of the hills and there were some pubs out there, too.

Happy Slapper clip Ludlow Arms Westbury

A sexually charged theme permeated the day starting with spotting Slag Lane, then the purilely named Organ Inn (which was, sadly, closed until much later in the day). Later, still, I enjoyed a cider called Happy Slapper at the Ludlow Arms.

Map Westbury to Warminster Corsley Heath

After my first beer stop I continued on to Lye’s Green to try the Cross Keys but arrived at 11:20 and couldn’t be asked to wait 10 minutes more. Leaving for the Royal Oak in Corsley Heath, I promptly missed a turn and wound up at the White Hart a mile or so out of the way and which the Viscount Weymouth Estate had repossessed in at once very legalistic and medieval terms:

White Hart Corsley reclaimed.JPG

After the Royal Oak, I enjoyed some quiet, country lanes and not-unreasonably sloppy trails (as indeed the entire day had gone save the trip between the White Hart and the Royal Oak). I noticed I was hungry about the time I spotted this sign:

Star Fish Bar Warminster street sign

which I then followed to the Star Fish Bar for some nourishment. This was another good detour as the return took me right past a working, traditional maltings complete with the twin sweet reeks of sprouting grain and coal smoke lingering.

Warminster Maltings

After another pub stop in Warminster, I caught the train back to Westbury but then had a choice of waiting around for 45 minutes for the next Swindon train or dashing into the town and catching the one two hours after that. The obvious choice was to head into town, where I found a tight collection of places to get tight. I chose the Ludlow Arms for no particular reason at all.

Map Westbury after Warminster

 

The five most recent birthday fiascos are linked below:
2009:  Looking for Cock and Trip to (Possibly) Oldest Pub in Britain
2010:  London Underround Pub Crawl
2011:   London Hash and Bupa 10K
2012:  Springsteen and The Specials in Holland
2013:  West of Trowbridge Pub Crawl

That’s 52 down, easily 25 more than reasonably expected…all gravy for years now.

White Horse Westbury

The Reindeer Inn, Westbury, Northamptonshire   1 comment

The bartender was a replacement, hired out from an agency while the regular crew was on holiday until Friday, but he was a hoot to chat with.  The pub was quiet but it is right on an A road between Buckingham and Brackley and has more of the feel of a travelers’ rest from the outside.  I had approached through the village, though, and as it is the only local pub I was a little surprised at the lack of custom.

It is a large house and I wondered if it was also an inn, but I understand now that it is being used largely as office space for a restaurant business.  The owner needed a location convenient to the major airports in Birmingham, London, and Manchester and to find a place that also has a pub in it was a bonus.  “If it breaks even, he’s laughing.  If it turns a profit, then so much the better.”  This may be the way of the future for a lot of local pubs, and if they maintain as nice a feel as the Reindeer has (even with temporary cover), then so much the better for us.

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